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Author Topic: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)  (Read 3338 times)

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Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« on: 15 Nov 2007 - 22:20 »

Just saw Herzog's RESCUE DAWN - great film with a trio of excellent central performances from Christian Bale, Steve Zahn and Jeremy Davies (the latter of which looks like he's found it hard shaking his Charles Manson look from the HELTER SKELTER mini series of 2004). Beautifully shot too.

This is a dramatisation of Herzog's earlier documentary, LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, which I have but haven't seen.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #1 on: 20 Nov 2007 - 06:26 »

Saw the commercial for this the other night. Looks pretty good. Bale is a really good actor. Liked him a lot since REIGN OF FIRE and I thought he made the best Batman outside of Keaton.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #2 on: 20 Nov 2007 - 06:35 »

If you liked RESCUE DAWN then you really must see LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, which is superb as well.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #3 on: 27 Nov 2007 - 20:05 »

Gunna see this tommorow night, cant wait to be honest, I just hope it lives up to Herzog's other stuff, he's such an amazing director.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #4 on: 27 Nov 2007 - 22:28 »

Gunna see this tommorow night, cant wait to be honest, I just hope it lives up to Herzog's other stuff, he's such an amazing director.

It's not vintage Herzog buut it's a hell of a lot better than most of the other shit you'll find in your local cinema.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #5 on: 28 Nov 2007 - 01:08 »

I guess I just mean, isnt shit, I mean it'll never be vintage but I want it to be really good anyway.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #6 on: 28 Nov 2007 - 13:35 »

I really enjoyed it. Thought the hallucinations were very eerie... Incredible true story.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #7 on: 29 Nov 2007 - 20:24 »

Brilliant film! had a documentary-ish feel but also a slight epic (not big budget or hollywood) cinematic feel. Great sory and told very well.

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When Dieter crashes and runs off through a feild getting shot at all within being minutes into the battle your adrenaline really goes, the film never really stops from there either, its kind of an adventure, but real and disturbing.

When he gets to camp and meets his fellow POW's, I thought that was terrible, the over acting etc. Jeremy Davies's acting was pretty awful in my opinion, only worked for me in his last scene. I get that he spent like a year and a half there but come on...

also the over the top hollywood ending didnt do it for me, should have ended before he got back to base.
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Anyway just some minor preference issues, but it was a fantastic film, even if Herzog did portray some of the characters differently to the real ones.

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While Deiters freind was hacked to bits, Deiter was infact hiding in some bushes and was too weak to help.

Jeremy Davies's character apparantly stayed behing to help one of the asian POW's who was sick, and was a brilliant brave man unlike the one in the film.

Deiter was not the one who shot the captors but infact one of the asian POW's. This is all from Deiter and one of the asians themselves apparantly.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #8 on: 10 Dec 2007 - 00:27 »

Anyone else think one scene was particularly gruesome for a 12 certificate?

I saw a radio interview vid on youtube and Herzog says he doesnt show the violence in this film, so I heard that, saw the 12 rating, and didnt expect much violence wise, was I in for a shock (just those few seconds of SHEER HORROR) and there were gasps in the audiance.
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #9 on: 12 Dec 2007 - 20:11 »

Interesting stuff, I'll have to say. It's Herzog's most commerical movie to date. I thought it was soooooo un-Herzog. I did until I saw the Vietnamese dwarf and it all made sense. I had to laugh and then felt guilty for doing so...

And yeah, the finale was typical, sugar-coated, sentimental, PC-US nonsense. Big ship, mind.   
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #10 on: 13 Dec 2007 - 05:17 »

The real-life Dieter Dengler may not have appreciated it if he had changed to ending to something more downbeat, although I guess you are referring to the specifics of the ending, the way in which it was handled on the aircraft carrier did seem a little ridiculous, but who knows, maybe it actually happened that way..
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Re: Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, 2006)
« Reply #11 on: 08 Jun 2008 - 10:31 »

While RESCUE DAWN is an OK film, you really need to see LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY to appreciate Dieter's story. An unbelievable film.  ;) Truth really is stranger than fiction.

Herzog made some great fiction films in the past, AGUIRRE  ;), EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL, EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL  ;), FITZCARRALDO, STROSZEK, HEART OF GLASS, NOSFERATU, etc., but I really do consider him to be a documentary filmmaker now.  Though THE WILD BLUE YONDER isn't half bad (it's also half documentary), most of his later fiction films, INVINCIBLE and RESCUE DAWN can't hold a candle to his more recent documentaries like LITTLE DIETER and GRIZZLY MAN.  His early documentaries are great too!
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